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Farfalle con Piselli e Pancetta

Lazy Person's
Farfalle con Piselli e Pancetta
Recipe and photos by Tom Weber

George Carlin
George Carlin on stage for an HBO special | ©2001 Paul Schiraldi/HBO

The late stand-up comedian-slash-social critic George Carlin once observed, "The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity."

You know, George was right. The poor lumbering caterpillar did all of the heavy lifting, actually lots of eating, just so he/she could eventually go into total isolation encased in a silky cocoon awaiting his/her rebirth as a butterfly, then flutter away with a whole new identity – kinda like entering the witness protection program.

farfalle pasta

My alter ego short-order cook, Lazy Person (LP), a big fan of Carlin's by the way, has a metamorphosis of his own going on in the galley involving butterflies of a different sort.

farfalle pasta from Garofalo

What LP has captured in his culinary net is what you may know as bow-tie pasta; but here in Italy, where they come from, they're known as farfalle (butterflies). And some of the very best you can consume are readily available in the pasta section of your grocery store. They're from the pasta house of Garofalo, a landmark brand from Gragnano in the province of Naples, that's been making exquisite strands and other shapes – like the farfalle – from semola di grano duro (durum wheat flour) since 1789.

frozen baby spring peas

By adding some frozen baby spring peas and pancetta (bacon) into our pasta-based chrysalis, these golden-yellow butterflies will explode out of their metamorphosis, dripping wet in a very tasty way.

If you'll grab an apron AND a net, we can head into the kitchen and give LP a hand with this fluttering dish. It should take us less that 30 min. to "capture" or YOU DON'T PAY.


Step-1: Fill a medium size pot with water, cover, fire up to HIGH and bring to a boil.

olive oil and butter in a skillet

Step-2: In a skillet, add the olive oil and butter and fire up to MEDIUM to melt and merge.

Step-3: Add 2-3 peeled onion sections to the skillet, brown to a paper-bag color then remove.

pancetta cooking in skillet

Step-4: Add the pancetta to the skillet and let it cook until it browns.

peas added to pancetta in skillet

Step-5: Add the peas and 1/3 glass of white wine to the skillet and continue cooking for 10 min.

Step-6: Pasta water is now boiling, uncover the pot, add 1 tbsp. of sea salt to the water drop the pasta down. Let it cook for 10 min.

farfalle pasta added to peas and pancetta

Step-7: Pasta is now al dente. Drain and place back into the skillet with the peas and pancetta mixture.

Step-8: Add 2 tbsp. of grated cheese and sauté for 1 min.

finished farfalle dish

grated cheese on farfalle dish

artisan nut bread

Step-9: Plate, topping each dish with 1 tbsp. of the remaining grated cheese and serve with crunchy artisan nut bread.



Recommended Wine Pairing: Kalterer See Weinland DOCRitterhof Winery – Lago di Caldaro/Kalterer See (BZ), Italy

a glass and bottle of Kalterer See Weinland DOC

Situated in the village of Kaltern (Caldaro), in the heart of the South Tyrol of Italy's northernmost region of the Alto Adige, you'll find the small Ritterhof Winery run by the Roner family. One of many wineries that dot the famous Weinstrasse (Wine Road), Ritterhof produces and markets three separate lines of bottled grape: Ritterhof, Crescendo and Kalterer See (Lago di Caldaro). It is the later line's namesake blend that we find our wine pairing.

The Kalterer See Weinland DOC is a blend of Vernatsch with subtle additions of Lagrein and Pinot Nero. Ruby red to dark garnet in color, this wine has a pleasant, distinct fruity bouquet. On the palate, it's dry, mild and harmonious with hints of bitter almonds.

The Kalterer See Weinland DOC is a remarkably versatile, any time wine that pairs well with a variety of light meals, red meats and poultry. It did well complimenting our farfalle pasta dish and has sampled well alongside one of LP's signature flatbread pizzas.


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